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  1. Got to prepare the surface. Just spraying on the scoop handle without cleaning and a surface brushing or sanding of the surface will make it not last long. Do it right and it lasts well.
  2. Had some north winds that were producing riptide warnings. They pushed sand in rather than creating the cuts I'm looking for in South Carolina. It's been about a ring per hunt but all junk rings since July.
  3. Paint the aluminum handle with truck bed liner spray. The skin staining stops, there is a better grip to pull up a full scoop and the handles don't heat up as much in the sun.
  4. If you find the list, please post it here. I'm curious about that too!
  5. As OBN said ... some of us are happy. This was a hunt a couple weeks ago where I found a hard packed bottom in a cut in the water.
  6. It is a killer on the stud earrings to. As you show, it finds chains that the Excal would never see. My bane is how it lights up aluminum pop rivets that have separated from beach gear.
  7. In all metal mode I get double blips on most iron, including tent stakes from certain directions of sweep at any ATS setting. Round pieces like bottle caps and washers do not do that. They do tend to have a slightly elongated or wider beep than non-ferrous targets. I'm still working on not digging those. Most of the tent stakes go low tone in tone mode, or disappear in mute mode when I have reject set to 7 and ATS just above 8 to about 8.5.
  8. Thank you . That makes a lot more sense now.
  9. Interesting. Do you mean that the different modes use different filtering circuits in the signal processing?
  10. Would love to see a comparison of this coil with the Detech Arrow 18x4 on the F75. Have been considering the Arrow coil just to cover ground looking for new drops in the blanket area of the beach.
  11. Never purposely applied pressure to the head on mine before. Just went and put some thumb pressure on the head of mine and there is some flex when side pressure is applied. I'm not going to test it's limits. The AQ has been good to me and I do not want to do any destructive testing on it.
  12. Only thing I don't like about some of the RTG scoops is that the 5/8 inch holes frequently let tabs slip through. They have scoops with 9/16 inch and some with 1/2 inch holes where the tabs don't slide through unless they are bent. They used to make the scoops with the size holes you wanted. Don't know if they still do that; might be worth calling them. The RTG scoops hold up well.
  13. In any case, treat her well and she will reward you.
  14. I didn't set up tests other than finding a non-desirable target that I was digging a lot of (rusted sheet metal screws) and testing on the beaches where I was digging them. ATS and discrimination settings interact. You can make those tent stakes and soda cans go full low tone as well as pennies, dimes and quarters while still getting high tone on most gold. I found discriminate setting of 7 and ATS around 8 to 8.5 to be useful. If you run ATS much higher you start to loose the bigger gold pieces and will only hit mid-sized and smaller rings. With discriminate around 7 and ATS just a hair above 8 most lead sinkers are not seen; I was only digging the lead sinkers that had a brass swivel or clip attached to them as the AQ, on those settings, hit the brass fittings, but not the lead. I'm getting better on bottle caps because they exhibit a wider signal than most of the desired targets ... but I'm still digging nearly all the bottle caps because I have not become confident enough yet on walking away from the wider signature. It is my headspace issue on that, not the detector because the headspace is saying "you never really know until you dig". Here is what I wrote a couple months ago:
  15. I leave mine connected. Only disconnected to change coil and now have one AQ with the 8 inch on and one with the 12 inch coil on it. When you are in the water, either stay where the connector is above water or fully under water. Be aware that the connector coming out of the salt water or going into it will cause a sound off and deal with it. It does not sound like a target, it is a long rounded sound and not a short narrow sound like a good target. When I first saw video of that I was concerned, but after using it have found it easy to recognize and just a minor annoyance that I can adjust to.
  16. Reminds me of when we were at Sanibel Island a few years back. Was working the water with the HHPulse. Headed back to where wife was to get a sandwich and she says lady was saying she lost her earrings as she was sitting on the sand bank with her feet in the water. Wife pointed to where the lady was sitting. It took about 30 seconds to find the first earring and about three minutes to find the second. Showed my wife. She took a picture. Then walked over and asked the lady if she recognized them. She did and they were returned. As I was walking back to where wife was sitting a guy said "That was a nice thing to do but I would have kept them". If I recall correctly they were marked 14K ... but of course I did not test them. Yup, finding a pair is rare.
  17. Only thing I would add is that after turning the connector around, I worked a bamboo BBQ skewer through the hole to make sure the wires were out of the way before pushing the metal screw through. I have no desire to nick the insulation on the wires!
  18. That is in discriminate mode ... and I've found that even the grunts in discriminate mode that have a very narrow rise and fall signature on the tone are good targets to dig; even without going to all metal to check the response signature. Lets see what Clive says as he is more experienced with PI's than I am. I'm loving the AQ LTD now that I kind of have my head around it.
  19. Hopefully they will do a 10 inch. Good to hear they are actually doing something to reduce the capacitance effects through the connection. Perhaps there has been some mitigation of EMI too. I have not found it terrible with the LTD, yet there are places it makes me turn sensitivity down to 2, delay up to 11 and ATS to 8 or 8.5.
  20. Noga ... typos ... we all do it. Funny he is using a NOX. He hated Minelab. Haven't talked to him in years. I should though. He might be able to fix the ground balance issue with the CZ20 I still have ... it was his detector that I bought when he was going to a "new" CZ21. Pinpoint button removed and hole sealed to prevent the most common failure mode when in the water. He was doing a lot of CZ5s in waterproof boxes at the time I got the CZ20 from him. I got a CZ5 with a Sunray FZ12 coil when I was looking for the coil; bought the package so that I could get the coil and sold Steve the CZ5. Still have the coil on a CZ6A. A few years back was over a silver ring on wet salt sand with the CZ6a and the FZ12 ... had a guy I had talked to on a few trips to the beach who had gone from a CTX to the NOX and he could not hear a thing on the ring with the NOX; said there was nothing there. Gave him the CZ and he said, yup there is a target ... three or four scoops later, up comes the ring. The old CZs are no slouches.
  21. A video you did a few years back with the CZ detecting a gold ring deeper than the other detectors in your test but the big thing went LOW tone .... that and a couple other things change me around to go all metal most of the time and use disc just as an information check ... added to depth and size information.
  22. The two quoted sections are why my CZ20 was calibrated for nickles to give a mid-tone audio.
  23. Bottle caps and washers can be difficult to eliminate with VLF's too. I'll leave it at that and just keep having fun detecting once we get moved and unpacked. All detectors are packed, ready to move to wide open beaches. Cheers!
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